We hope you all had a fantastic half term break.
If you have any questions please feel free to email us or contact a member of the year 2 team and we will do our very best to help.
Our topic and areas for learning this half term
This term the creative curriculum will explore ‘We are Palaeontologists’ with a focus on identifying and exploring ‘Dinosaurs, fossils and the excavation process.
We are learning about significant palaeontologists like Mary Anning and Barnum ‘Bones’ Brown.
We will be learning lots of facts and doing some diary writing.
Our English texts are Stone Girl Bone Girl (The story of Mary Anning) and Barnham’s Bones.
Birling Gap trip - 12th and 14th June 2018
We will visit Birling Gap to learn more about fossils and how our landscape has evolved.
Looking at maps/atlases of continents and oceans of the world.
Exploring the geographical features of North and South America and coastal features of the British Isles.
Exploring still life fossils and exploring an archaeological dig!
We will be exploring coding using scratch.
Maths and English
Maths and English will be taught daily. English will be made up of phonics, guided reading, handwriting, spelling, grammar and a range of writing activities. Maths will include weekly Times tables and practise of the skills of each child’s level for the 99 club. Children are not expected to reach the 99 club until they are in year 6.
Although your child’s reading book is changed once a week, please remind them, as we often do, that they can take a book from the free choice area or even read a book from home!
Our whole school learning power for the summer term 1 is
Our character that represents that learning behaviour is a dragon
I can use my imagination to create ideas.
I try different ways to do things.
I can try out my own ideas.
Learning behaviour in Year 2
Our motto is:
It’s ok if you don’t know
But it’s not ok if you don’t try!
Making mistakes help us learn and thoughts help us grow! Encourage your child’s Love of Learning by getting them to explore their thought bubble ideas!
Remind your child that: “I can’t do it,” does not exist. Encourage them to think, “I can’t do it… Yet!”
Each week the children will be randomly paired up with a new learning partner. This helps to develop the children’s relationships with their classmates and ensures that all children are involved in whole class discussions.
Class Rules and Year 2 Learning Partners
The children in each class have agreed some class rules. This helps them to keep their name on the ‘green’ area of the class behaviour chart (green is good!) Also each week a child from each of the year 2 classes will be chosen as a “Learning Partner of the week” and they will receive a certificate linked to the learning power “being determined.”
The children will be given weekly spellings and timetables which will need to be practised at home. Furthermore children are expected to read with an adult EVERY night.
The homework will be given out every Friday and must be returned every Wednesday.
The homework book is marked with a star stamper.
X1 star for doing your spellings and times table practise.
X2 stars if you have written you spellings out more times than required or tried to put some in a sentence. Also you must do your times tables and a few maths pictures to show counting in groups.
X3 stars if you have used all of your spellings in different sentence types E.g. statement, command, question and exclamation. Also you must do times tables/maths pictures of counting in groups and some number sentences to go with it. You may draw some arrays to show your times table or division too.
Reading books will be changed x1 a week after your child has read with the teacher and completed a follow-up task. Your child may choose a story book from the reading area every day if they wish to do so. Your child may also read books from home. Just make a note of it in the reading journal.
Your child has a ‘My Maths’ username and password and can play times-tables games online.
Your child has a Purple Mash user name and login. So start mash caming and having fun!
- Music is on a Tuesday.
- Dance is on a Wednesday.
- PE is on a Wednesday
- PPA- DT is on a Wednesday.
Reminder about PE kit: EVERY CHILD NEEDS A PE KIT.
Children MUST wear a white t shirt, dark shorts and black plimsolls. Jewellery must not be worn for PE.